Throughout my life, I have lived in many areas and have experienced different
community viewpoints about accepting race and ethnicity. From each of those places, I have
seen commonalities and differences on how different people are treated. Some places I have
lived, I have been the minority, and some I have been a majority. I currently live in a community
best described as a melting pot. Although the El Paso Metropolis has a highly diversified melting
pot population, racism, media and the government still contribute to the discrimination of many
of the El Paso residents, which has caused uncertainty and grave disadvantages.
My current community is a highly diversified area with an assorted array of race and
ethnic groups. Although my community is compiled of this kind of diversity, like most of
America, the White race is still at a majority. The current demographics for the El Paso area
depicts that 56.2 percent of the population are White, 23 percent are Hispanic, 15.3 percent are
Black, and 4.6 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander, (Diveritydata.org, 2007). This alone shows that
although Dallas is exceptionally diversified, the population balance continues to be out-weighed
by the White race.
Although I am part of the majority at this time, the face of El Paso is going
through a change to become more evenly distributed. Between 1990 and 2000, El Paso has seen
a dramatic increase in certain minority groups. The greatest increase is the Asian/Pacific
Islander, which has increased by over 138 percent.
This is followed by the Hispanic group with
a change of 116.6 percent, Blacks with 29.9 percent, and finally the Whites with only a 9.4
percent increase, (Diveritydata.org, 2007). Hopefully, with this rate of increase of population
from each of the major minority groups in this area, El Paso will flourish as an even and
Although that dream would be ideal, it is currently not the reality. Many
of the residents and government officials of the El Paso Metropolis fight very hard for either the